Proceedings Vol. 19 (2013)
ENGINEERING MECHANICS 2013
May 13 – 16, 2013, Svratka, Czech Republic
Copyright © 2013 Institute of Thermomechanics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, v.v.i., Prague
ISSN 1805-8248 (printed)
ISSN 1805-8256 (electronic)
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Cement-based composites are traditionally a commonly used material in civil engineering structures. The basic representative of this type of material is concrete, a quasi-brittle composite in which crack resistance can be achieved by the addition of fibres. The double-K fracture model can be used to calculate the fracture-mechanical parameter values of structural concrete with and without polypropylene fibres. This model combines the concept of cohesive forces acting on the crack length with a criterion based on the stress intensity factor, using a ‘softening function’ to determine the cohesive part of fracture toughness. In this paper, authors determine the effect of the type of this softening function on the evaluation of fracture tests performed on sets of concrete specimens with and without polypropylene fibres.
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